Coast Guardsmen Provide Comfort to Comfort

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Teresa J. Frith

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic NNS — Health service technicians from the U.S. Coast Guard are aboard USNS Comfort T-AH 20 to attend to the crew’s health during Continuing Promise 2009 CP09.

Coast Guard personnel provide medical support for the crew both ashore and afloat. Their job has been divided between working in Comfort’s sickbay taking care of the crew’s medical needs and going ashore with the Seabees to take care of any medical concerns while they are working at the various sites on shore.

“We came here with the expectation of providing our medical expertise, as well as learning how the other branches of the service and host nations do business,” said Chief Health Services Technician Ray Francis, leading chief petty officer for the Coast Guard team. “We also get to interact with host nation personnel.”

CP09 combines U.S. military and interagency personnel, non-governmental organizations, civil service mariners, academia and partner nations to provide medical, dental, veterinary and engineering services afloat and ashore alongside host nation personnel.

“I wanted to come on this mission to help people in need,” said Health Service Technician 3rd Class Anthony Passalacqua, from Alameda, Calif., one of four Coast Guardsmen assigned to the medical department.

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